Dove Vinyl Windows Adding Virginia Plant
Dove Vinyl Windows is expanding with plans to invest $2 million to open a new manufacturing operation in Pulaski County, Va. The Wilkes-Barre, Pa.-based manufacturer plans to create 100 new jobs at the 75,000-square-foot facility.
"The new plant is an important aspect to our current company objectives of strategically servicing our customers in existing markets and long-term goals as a company to expand our presence into new market areas," says Ron Dove. "The new location provides a competitive advantage for Dove to meet its customers' timelines from product manufacture to order delivery."
"We currently market three distinct lines of replacement windows and new construction windows for the market place," says Steve Smyth, Dove director of sales and marketing. "Our customers appreciate the good, better, best product offering so I don’t see that changing. As the new construction market begins to rebound and replacement volume increases, the Virginia plant will allow Dove to be in the best position we can for our customers."
Father and son Phillip and Nathan Dove originally established Dove Industries Inc. in 1945 as Dove Venetian Blind Co. in North Hills, Pa. In 1972, the company began to slowly phase out of the retail segment of the business and focus on manufacturing aluminum products. Under the joint leadership of brothers Bruce and Eric Dove, the company began producing vinyl windows in 1987, reaching a volume of more than 16,000 windows by the end of 1988, the company reports.
In 1996, the youngest brother, Ron Dove, and the fourth generation of Doves, Bruce Dove, Jr., joined to help lead a major expansion. Dove currently employs about 200 people at its 180,000-square-foot headquarters facility, where it produces approximately 170,000 vinyl windows per year.
"We have been successful in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for 17 years thus far and have ambitious goals for both Dove locations," adds Ron Dove.
"Dove Vinyl Windows has come a long way from the small company founded in Pennsylvania 65 years ago," said Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, in announcing the new plant. "Pulaski County is a strategic location for the company's first Virginia operation, offering an available manufacturing facility that meets the company's needs. I congratulate Pulaski on 100 new jobs and its newest corporate partner."